STEM ambassadors and science teachers were given the chance to get hands on with some of the state-of-the-art new science and technology facilities at Kingston University during an outreach event at Penrhyn Road.
Staff from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing linked up with the University’s widening participation team to host the day, in collaboration with national education organisation STEM Learning.
More than 40 people took part in the session, which involved a tour of the new STEM outreach centre and the mobile labs in a lorry – which take fun, educational science activities out on the road to local schools and events.
Activities on the day included virtual reality demonstrations and microscope imaging displays as well as the chance to interact with Geovis – a geography 3D system – and the University’s new interactive floor in the outreach centre.
Vice-Dean of the Faculty Dr Lucy Jones, who welcomed the group to the University and introduced everyone to the facilities, said the day had been a great chance to build new partnerships and share some of the work the University has been doing to increase participation in STEM activities.
“It was fabulous to have such an interesting mix of people in one room, who were all so passionate about promoting STEM subjects to young people,” she said. “New relationships and exciting opportunities are already being organised on the back of the event.”
Demi Cornell, London STEM Ambassadors Coordinator from the National STEM Learning Network, added that the group was excited to be collaborating with the University to help inspire young people to pursue a career within a STEM field.